12 Easy DIY Sensory Activities to Entertain Babies

Sensory activities for babies open the world up to our kids while they're still happily stationary. Maybe even more important, it begins to familiarize them to their own bodies. Every new day delivers a fresh overload of sights, sounds, and sensations. 

Bonus: Sensory games give us something fun to do with our little ones beyond tummy time! We've rounded up a dozen of our favorite sensory activities that you can create right at home. DIY sensory toys nurture a basic understanding of the people, places, and stuff that populate their lives, along with the motor and communication skills that they'll need to interact with the world. There will be new things for baby to touch, smell, see, and figure out. Watch as your little one giggles her way through these micro-discoveries. 

Everything featured here can be crafted from simple, recycled materials and stuff found within reach around the house or a couple of clicks on Amazon. Read on for sensory fun, and check out our Boredom Busters Guide for more all-ages crafts, recipes, and rainy day fun.

Best Spots for Tea Parties or High Tea with Los Angeles Kids

While I miss the days of my son's impromptu tea parties, these days his (and our) tea party tastes are far more grown-up. Forget make-believe beverages and fake cakes—we're now in the market for three-tiered trays of pastries and little sandwiches with the crusts cut off (because why not?). Lucky for us, we have many options in and around Los Angeles for pretending we're in an episode of The Crown or Downton Abbey. So here's a toast (with pinkies raised) to the best afternoon tea spots in the Southland.

Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Boston Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy, and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader (and take a break from schedules a bit). But Monday is also a day on: when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others in gestures of service. Boston offers families plenty of ways to commemorate and learn more about Dr. King’s legacy throughout the holiday weekend.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018 Events for Kids in Connecticut

From writing thank you notes to first responders to crafting peace doves, there is a wide range of incredible ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, January 15th and during the preceding weekend. Special exhibits and learning opportunities will be available at The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events are planned. For younger kids who may require some vacation day coverage, drop off programs are available at Flanders Nature Center and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center—please note that preregistation is required for both.

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NYC Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

Cooped up in a tiny apartment with your kids hanging off the furniture, and you, is no way to spend the winter. We know it can be hard to put on all that winter gear, head out into the cold, and hit up one of the million daily kid events happening in NYC, but we're here to help. 

To inspire you, we've compiled a list of 50 awesome drop-in spots in the five boroughs, where kids can run, jump, bounce, learn, create, and get cultured. Some are even FREE.

Still not willing to open that door? Try one of these indoor craft projects at home as a family to keep those little hands busy, or one of our 40 Indoor Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Of course, you can always find more winter fun ideas in our Indoor Family Fun Guide, or even sign up for a new class.

Ways for Philly Kids to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 15th is a day off from school and, for some, work. However, it is much more than that. MLK Day is a day that we reflect on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision for the world. If your family is looking for ways to reach out in the community or to learn more about this great man, take a look at this list of options. Many activities are geared towards older kids, while others are perfect for younger ages. From community service to story telling and letter writing, there is something that everyone in the family can embrace. Read on and find a way you can honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Volunteer and Celebrate with Kids in NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into more than just a day off from school. Now deemed a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time in order to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion, and the ongoing potential for social change. Many New Jersey towns are hosting local activities, and we've put together a list that includes both celebrations and service activities.

15 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on MLK Jr. Day

We’re pretty sure kids will spend more time out of school during January than in it, but we can all agree that taking a day out of respect for Martin Luther King, Jr., is more than worth doing.

MLK Day will be held on January 15, 2018. To help you plan your Monday off from school, we’ve gathered a list of kid-friendly ideas. Whether you’re seeking to honor King and his legacy, or you’re just looking forward to spending the day as a family, we have plenty of suggestions.

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with Kids at These NYC Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is peaceful for New York City kids, but it sure isn't boring, with music and storytelling and volunteer activities all focused on celebrating Dr. King's life and teachings with kids. Enjoy interactive peace marches, a historic walking tour of Harlem, a FREE bash at BAM in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and various museum events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15, 2018) is also a National Day of Service, when citizens are encouraged to help out in their communities. So we've included a list of family volunteering opportunities that are wonderful ways to honor King's work. You can find even more things to do on MLK Day in our Event Calendar.

Winter 2018 Classes That Long Island Kids of All Ages Will Want To Try

Baby, it's cold outside! And that means it's time to sign up for winter-worthy indoor activities. Luckily, Long Island serves up something for everyone, from infants to teens.

Warm up at a fitness class designed for new parents and their babies, or swim lessons in a heated aquatic center. Get kids moving and expressing their creativity with gym or art classes, or join a culturally rich sing-along for tots. The possibilities are seemingly endless. Search our Classes Guide and Directory Listings by type or location to help find the perfect fit.

Read on for some great options across Long Island that'll get you and the kids out of the house to have some serious fun. Snag a spot by enrolling now before the temperature drops any lower!

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